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Does family law discriminate against fathers?

Most California parents believe that times have changed. They believe that the family law system allows for more equality when it comes to parenting time. Sadly, there are still inequities in the system that appear to continue to discriminate against fathers.

It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the primary custodial parents across the country are women. This means that more children across the country, most likely including many in California, live with their mothers most of the time. The law is not supposed to favor mothers, but it appears that is still how the system works.

Despite the fact that the courts are required to ignore the gender of the parent when it comes to making custody decisions, it is obvious that a bias continues to exist. Fathers can overcome these inequities by stepping up and petitioning the courts for equal treatment. Unmarried fathers will also need to tackle the issue of paternity, which be established in order for the court to recognized them as legal fathers.

When it comes to child support issues, more fathers tend to pay it. If the payments become unmanageable due to some financial crisis, a father should not simply stop paying. That will only make matters worse. Making a good faith effort to pay something while petitioning the court for a reduction in the amount either temporarily or permanently goes a long way.

Research indicates that children whose parents are no longer together fare better when their fathers remain an active part of their lives. Many California fathers are willing to fight for as much time with the children as possible in order to help them thrive now and in the future. In addition, most fathers understand their financial obligation to their children does not stop because they are having a tough time. In either case, they do what is necessary in order to be good fathers, which may include working with a family law attorney in order to do so.

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